LUSTY SPRING

In the historic centre of Brescia, medieval walls covered with Botticino marble enclose the home and studio of David Morini, architect and partner at Pelizzari Studio.

With its sharp corner making it a precursor of the Flatiron Building in New York City, the fifteenth-century palazzo looks onto Piazza Paolo VI and its two churches in a metaphysical inclination.

Inside, a conservative renovation left the apartment’s features intact, including terrazzo tiles with marble chips from the first half of the twentieth century, and the original walls and doors. Design icons from the 1950s and 1960s were inserted into the historic spaces, skilfully combined with works of street art, large-format photography, and a small collection of Japanese prints and paintings.

Faint references to Asia are manifested like memories of long-ago travels.

The colour scheme, which takes into account the ample natural light from the south-facing windows overlooking the piazza, creates the perfect environment for relaxing with a good book—ideally one by Murakami.